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Aultman Serenity Program

Aultman Serenity Program.fwAnyone - at any time or anywhere can be impacted by violence. The Aultman Serenity program is here to help you or someone you love if they have been a victim of assault.

Serenity Program

Aultman Hospital originally established its SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program in 2003 with nurses who had completed specialized forensic training. Recognizing the increase in domestic violence-related incidents, Aultman expanded the SANE program in 2017 to include services to survivors of domestic violence. To reflect these additional services, the program was renamed Serenity.

The Serenity program ensures patients receive prompt treatment by nurses who have received specialized forensic training and to care for individuals impacted by sexual or domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking. This means better care for survivors in a confidential environment that is safe and compassionate.

The mission of the Serenity program is to serve survivors with empathy, compassion, respect and encouragement while meeting the needs of our community and instilling confidence, building trust and restoring hope to move forward in the journey of healing.

Our program is dedicated to increasing awareness through community outreach, collaboration with advocacy services and providing educational opportunities to professionals and the community.

Specially Trained Nurses

The physicians and nurses at Aultman Hospital understand both the immediate and long-term effects experiencing trauma may have on patients and how that can impact their lives. That is why Aultman Hospital has specially trained nurses known as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) or Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNE). Our nurses have received additional specialized training in assault forensics and courtroom testimony. Patient safety is always maintained and all exams are completely confidential. Serenity also offers specimen collection when drug facilitated assault is suspected. In addition, patients are linked with programs and resources for proper follow-up care. Treatment is patient-centered, ensuring we maintain the patient’s dignity and allowing them to regain control over the experience.

Serenity nurses can care for patients over the age of 13 when it pertains to sexual assault. For patients 12 and under, appropriate screening and referral options will be made to The Children’s Network of Stark County Child Advocacy Center, Wayne County Child Advocacy Center or Akron Children’s Hospital.

Serenity nurses are available 24 hours a day. They provide one-on-one care for their patients at Aultman Hospital, Aultman Alliance Community Hospital and Aultman Orrville Hospital. Aultman Alliance Community Hospital offers specialized sexual assault forensic exams for survivors of sexual assault.

Decisions to report to law enforcement are based on mandated reporting guidelines. All sexual assaults must be reported, and this can be done without revealing any identifying patient information. Mandated reporting laws for violence include any injury resulting from gunshot, stabbing, second or third degree burns or any serious injury as well as any attacks on children, elderly or disabled persons.

What Makes Aultman Serenity Nurses Special

Serenity Program nurses have received 40 hours of training in caring for patients after assault both physically and emotionally. Their education included sexual assault forensic evidence collection, photo documentation, simulation training and collaboration with community partners. Additional education has been provided regarding neurobiology of trauma, domestic/intimate partner violence, human trafficking, nonfatal strangulation and cultural competency. Continuing education is required to continue to improve our practice based on what is best for our patients.

If you have been assaulted, consider the following:

  • Get to a safe place.

  • Know you have options.

  • Reach out to someone you trust.

  • Seek medical treatment at Aultman Hospital Emergency Department.

  • If you have been sexually assaulted, avoid changing your clothes, bathing or brushing your teeth.

Whether you have done any of the above or not, it is important to seek care to discuss your options regarding medical care, medications, medical forensic evaluation, follow-up, safety planning and proper community resources.

What to expect at the time of your examination:

  • You will be transferred to a private room as soon as possible.

  • You will receive a medical assessment and treatment of any physical injuries by an Aultman Emergency Department physician.

  • Staff will speak with you about your options and Serenity program services.

  • A Serenity program nurse may perform any of the following services based on your needs and consent: medical forensic exam and evidence collection - which may include clothing, blood and urine.

  • Medications may be offered based on your needs and consent to receive them. These medications are for sexually transmitted infection prevention, pregnancy prevention and HIV. Your nurse will discuss these options in detail at time of exam.

  • Information will be provided regarding follow-up care and options, community social service providers that are available and your rights as a victim of crime and assistance with the Victims of Crime Compensation Application.

Outreach and Awareness Opportunities

Aultman Serenity program nurses are available to provide community education related to our program, forensic medical services, sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, non-fatal strangulation and other related topics. For more information you can call 330-363-0669.

Additional Resources

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter
330-823-7223

Alliance Area Rape Crisis Program
330-821-7273

The Children’s Network of Stark County Child Advocacy Center
330-451-1700

Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.
330-456-8361
Hotline: 1-800-998-9454

Compass Rape Crisis
330-452-1111

Domestic Violence Project, Inc.
24-hour Crisis Hotline: 330-453-7233 (SAFE)

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center
614-848-8500

Ohio Victim of Crime Compensation Program
614-466-5610

One-Eighty Domestic Violence Service and Rape Crisis
330-264-8498

Rape Crisis Center for Medina and Summit Counties
877-906-7273

Stark County 2-1-1 Community Resource
2-1-1 or 330-491-9997

Stark County Prosecutor’s Office
330-451-7897

Stark County Sheriff’s Office
330-430-3800

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)
800-770-0192

Wayne County Children’s Advocacy Center
330-262-1063

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
330-287-5750

Location Finder

Here's your guide to finding any of the facilities in the Aultman family of health services, including maps and contacts. 

Need a Doctor?

Aultman Medical Group's network of more than 140 medical professionals is committed to high-level patient care.

Schedule an Appointment

Call 330-363-6288 or click below to complete an online form. 

 

Donate Today

You can help support and enhance services, and in turn, help patients and their families who benefit from care received at Aultman.

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